April 10, 2023
AFSCME Commemorates Anniversary of 1968 Sanitation Strike with New Podcast
April 4 was the 55th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated while in Memphis to support sanitation workers who were represented by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1733 during their important “I AM A MAN” strike.
To honor Rev. King’s sacrifice and the strike’s legacy, AFSCME released a special podcast about the events that transpired in Memphis in 1968. The I AM Story podcast features new interviews with strikers involved in the struggle, including Rev. James Lawson, Martin Luther King III and many others.
“Memphis sanitation workers were subjected to inhuman conditions on the job while making just $0.65 per hour,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “When conditions turned from hazardous to deadly, they said enough was enough. We should all remember their sacrifice as we continue the struggle for safe working conditions and fair pay.”